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Complex costs of transportation

Supply Chain Movement

To anticipate and respond to high customer demand, a modern Transportation Management System (TMS) needs to optimize inventory allocation. A TMS with inventory allocation enables shippers to monitor shipments down to the package level. Japan.

3D Printing Set to Streamline the Retail Supply Chain Through Reduced Lead Times and Inventory

BluJay Solutions

The attractiveness of 3D printing for manufacturers and retailers/distributors centers around reducing both lead times and the risks involved in holding inventory. Not sure if an electronic toy that’s very popular in Japan will hit the mark with children in the Netherlands?

[INFOGRAPHIC] The 7 Benefits of Made in USA Driven by Reshoring Movement, Technology, and Better Transportation Costs


You can prepare by investing staff, inventory and equipment to meet increasing demand for domestic-made products. offers lower labor, natural gas and electricity costs than some other developed countries in Europe and Asia, including the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Japan.

Internet of Things (IoT) in the supply chain – a jolt of creativity required?

DELMIA Quintiq

Given that it took place in Japan, I imagined quite an animated discussion around making another leap in the manufacturing of things. From the presentations, it was clear that the investment in IoT hardware, from raw material tags, inventory tags, to equipment sensors – is increasing.

3 Uses of IoT Tech Spurring Sustainability in Supply Chains


The Internet has already transformed the way individuals interact, make choices, and process information. The transportation of goods is one of the greatest contributors to worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.

Creating a Dynamic, Demand-Driven Supply Chain

Supply Chain Nation

Declining global sales, pressures to reduce inventories, high levels of demand variability – these are all contributing factors to the increasing complexity of the global automotive industry. Global inventory optimization. Transportation optimization.

Toyota and USPS See Opportunities for Blockchain Technology in Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

Imagine a bitcoin being a unit of inventory and a digital wallet (“bitcoin address”) being an inventory-keeping location, such as a store, distribution center, or truck trailer.

How the Supply Chain Can Thrive in the Face of Natural Disasters

Material Handling & Logistics

For example, the catastrophic Tohoku earthquake and tsunami a few years ago resulted in a massive US$210 billion in costs for Japan. Unable to import or export needed parts, Toyota, GM and Nissan all closed down their facilities temporarily in Japan and the United States.

I Will Be Wrong Again: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2017

Talking Logistics

If you have a tsunami and part of your supply chain is knocked out, as happened a few years ago, you have better info about where parts are,” he said, referring to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. Alexa, How Much Inventory Remains at Store X?”

World-Renowned Lean & Kaizen Expert Mr. Takao Sakai joins ThroughPut Advisory Board


While he performed technical consulting for Toyota Motor, Honda sent many of his fellow workers into the company for the purpose of establishing an automobile industry in Japan. We hope that ThroughPut’s platform ELI can one day be accessible to every operations team in the world to democratize the Just-In-Time culture, reduce excess inventory, and eliminate waste across global supply chains.” More information about ThroughPut is available at

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Managerial Practice Will Need to Catch up with the Emergence of Real-time Supply Chains


Working capital is generally in the form of inventory, which is an asset that doesn’t produce any revenue or cash. The ability to respond to real-time data and derive supply chain performance improvements is closely linked to prior work in organizational information processing theory (OIPT). According to OIPT, an organization’s information processing capabilities must be aligned with its information needs.

Supply Chain Case Study: the Executive's Guide

Supply Chain Opz

The reason why they can do this is that customized products are sold directly to customers so they have the higher profit margin to compensate the higher transportation cost. Managing transportation at this scale is the absolute challenge.

Myth Busting 5 Myths Regarding Industrial Facilities


A recent article published by the Japan Times argued that computer automation ‘isn’t a guarantee of improved production.’. That said, the research that the Japan Times is referring to is based on all industry sectors, not the industrial sector alone.

Are we playing Sudoku or forecasting a business?

Supply Chain Nation

Nevertheless, the game has grown in popularity rapidly outside of Japan since The Times in Britain introduced the puzzle in late 2004. Forecasting boxes of deck nails in retail stores for the purpose of positioning inventory? Most, if not all, of you are familiar with Sudoku puzzles.

Sorry, I’m Not Sure: Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2018

Talking Logistics

Meanwhile, it appears that the Trans-pacific Trade Partnership (TPP) will move forward without the United States ; Japan just completed a trade deal with the European Union ; Brexit negotiations remain contentious ; and the World Trade Organization’s role and relevance are being challenged.

KPI Key Performance Indicators in Supply Chain & Logistics

Logistics Bureau

The information on this page WILL help you get it right. Inventory stock turns in Days. Inventory management. Transportation. Inventory levels. It has now been revamped and updated with more comprehensive information.

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Robot Fired from Grocery Store for ‘Utter Incompetence’

Supply Chain Nation

This week: A robot was just fired from a grocery store in Scotland for confusing some customers and freaking out others, brick and mortar still key to winning retail customer experience, Walmart applies for 3D image patent for online grocery, how artificial intelligence will reshape the logistics and transportation industry and Amazon quietly made a big change for people who sell clothes on its site — and it could signal the future of its apparel business.

As Europe Rebounds Supply Chain Continues to Shine

Supply Chain @ MIT

This cluster of graduates works in the pharmaceutical industry (for more information see the news story ZLC Alumni Organize Industry Workshop ). Crises such as the tsunami in Japan highlight the key role that supply chain plays in the global economy. Bucking the trend.

Supply Chain Management:Headline for the 2012 Holiday Buying.

Infosys Supply Chain Management

The implication was that orders came in huge surges, and supply chains that were not prepared, particularly those without robust inventory allocation or tight inventory visibility across their brick-and-mortar retail and online retail systems paid a price in customer loyalty. Inventory allocation processes were not able to effectively support customer fulfillment needs across both physical store and online channels. Very informative post, by the way! About Us.

Navigating the Future in an Uncertain Political and Regulatory Environment


He began by discussing how Free Trade Agreements, along with labor costs and transportation rates, are among the three most critical elements to factor in when analyzing global supply chain decisions. The RCEP doesn’t cover labor laws, data, information services – just products.

This Week in Logistics News (January 16-20, 2017)

Talking Logistics

Japan to subsidize pickup lockers to reduce parcel deliveries (Nikkei Asian Review). Japan firms shifting to trains to move freight amid dearth of new truckers (The Japan Times).